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Alberta Premier and MLA’s to take pay cuts

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Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement:

“Earlier today, the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services introduced and passed a five per cent pay reduction for MLAs and a 10 per cent reduction for the Premier.

“Out-of-control spending by the previous government put Alberta on track for $100 billion in debt, jeopardizing the future of public services. We were elected with a mandate to be fiscally responsible, and that has to start at the top. Today’s decision is about leadership by example.

“Today’s pay cuts are on top of the five per cent reduction in compensation for MLAs, ministers and the Premier during the Prentice government in 2015. When combined with today’s pay cuts, MLAs will be paid $13,000 less compared to 2014, and the Premier $31,500 less.

“The Members’ Services Committee also reduced MLA travel expenses, eliminating gas cards and harmonizing the standard mileage rate with that of other public servants.

“In addition to these changes, MLA compensation has been frozen since 2014. It is worth noting that there has been no Alberta MLA pension plan since its elimination in 1993, and severance payments have also been eliminated. I want to thank MLAs for accepting these pay cuts, clear evidence that they are motivated by a strong sense of public service.”

Premier Kenney posted this video on facebook last week regarding his upcoming pay reduction.

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Flu shots available in Alberta this month

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Health Minister Tyler Shandro receives influenza immunization from pharmacist Anar Sulemon at Southport Pharmacy in Calgary.

From the Province of Alberta

Influenza vaccine is arriving in pharmacies and doctors’ offices across the province this week.

“Getting your flu shot is one of the best things you can do to protect your own health and that of your community; and it’s never been easier. I encourage all Albertans to join me in getting immunized this season by visiting their local pharmacy or doctor’s office, or an AHS public clinic.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“Over the past 10 years, Alberta pharmacists have become the single largest provider of influenza vaccine to Albertans. As front- line health-care providers, one of our primary roles is to help people stay healthy. Vaccination protects the most vulnerable people in our communities and decreases costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations; it’s another way pharmacists help keep Albertans healthy.”

Darren Erickson, president, Alberta Pharmacists’ Association

Influenza immunization is free to all Albertans over five years of age at pharmacies, and to Albertan six months or older at public clinics and some doctors’ offices.

Large influenza immunization clinics will begin in the week of Oct. 21.

To find out when influenza immunization will be available in your area, check with your doctor’s office or community pharmacy, call Health Link at 811, or for AHS immunization clinics, visit www.ahs.ca/influenza.

Quick facts

  • Influenza is a respiratory virus that can cause serious illness and death, particularly in vulnerable groups like seniors, young children, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions.
  • There are many strains of influenza. The vaccine is formulated each year to protect against the strains expected to cause the most illness in Canada, based on advice from the World Health Organization about which strains are circulating elsewhere in the world.
  • Alberta offers a four-strain (quadrivalent) injectable influenza vaccine produced by two manufacturers (Fluzone and FluLaval Tetra). It will be offered to eligible Albertans six months of age and older.
  • For the 2019-20 season, enough vaccine has been ordered to immunize 35 per cent of the population at a cost of approximately $12.5 million.
  • Stats for the 2018-19 flu season:
    • The immunization rate was 31 per cent (1,317,659 doses of vaccine administered), compared to 29 per cent in 2017-18.
    • Approximately 55 per cent of all influenza immunizations were administered by Alberta pharmacies.
    • There were 7,698 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Alberta, compared to 9,609 cases in 2017-18.
    • There were 52 deaths among hospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza, compared to 92 deaths in 2017-18.
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Report from concerned citizen leads police to cash, guns, and meth

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From Drumheller RCMP

Drumheller RCMP seize 5 restricted guns, two facing charges

On October 11th 2019 Drumheller RCMP were investigating a complaint from a concerned citizen about a suspicious vehicle.  Later the same day, a patrol officer located the vehicle parked in Downtown Drumheller.  While investigating the vehicle,  a green 2004 Audi stationwagon, it was determined the plate on the vehicle was not a match and had been stolen.  A female passenger of the vehicle was detained exiting a nearby business and soon after police entered the business to look for a second suspect, the male driver. The suspect attempted to flee on foot from police but was apprehended.  When arrested the male was in possession of substantial amounts of cash and a loaded handgun found to have been stolen.  On October 12th 2019 Drumheller RCMP executed a search warrant on the green 2004 Audi stationwagon.  In that search, multiple items were seized including another stolen licence plate, Methamphetamine and suspected GHB liquid.  Police also seized an additional 3 revolvers and 1 pistol, which were located with ammunition consistent with all the calibers.  One of the firearms was reported stolen from Saskatchewan.
Tyson McDonald-Sherba (24) of Trochu is charged with
Possession of property obtained by crime x 2
Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
Possession of stolen firearm x 2
Possession of restricted weapon together with ammunition x 5
Possession of concealed weapon
Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
Possession of Controlled Substance for the purpose of trafficking x 2
and Fail to comply with conditions of a Recognizance x 5
He is additionally facing one charge under the provincial Traffic Safety Act for operating a vehicle while unauthorized.
He has been remanded into custody and will be appearing via CCTV in Strathmore court Tuesday October 15, 2019
April Margaret Couturier (32) of Drumheller is charged with:
Possession of property obtained by crime x 2
Possession of restricted weapon together with ammunition x 4
Possession of stolen firearm
Possession of Controlled Substance for the purpose of trafficking x 2
Fail to comply with conditions of a Recognizance x 2
She has been released on her own recognizance to appear in Drumheller court on October 25, 2019

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Drumheller RCMP would like to thank the public for continuing to report suspicious behaviour.   Investigation is ongoing and police are requesting anyone with information about the pictured 2004 green Audi Stationwagon to report any suspicious confirmed sightings from the past week in the city of Calgary or surrounding areas to Drumheller RCMP Cpl Pergunas or Calgary Police Service Det. Straub.
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october, 2019

wed16oct6:00 pm11:00 pmBusiness of the Year Awards - Red Deer Chamber of Commerce6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Red Deer College

thu17oct6:30 pm8:30 pmACRYLIC POUR ART CLASSES6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

fri18oct7:00 pmLip Sync Battle7:00 pm MT Bo's Bar & Grill, 2310 50 Ave Event Organized By: The Outreach Centre

sat19oct9:00 am4:00 pmCoats 4 Kids & Charity Checkstop9:00 am - 4:00 pm Taylor Drive Event Organized By: The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Page

sat19oct10:00 am12:00 pmRed Deer River Naturalists Bird Focus Group Walk10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Kerry Wood Nature Centre, 6300 45 Ave Event Organized By: Red Deer River Naturalists

sat26oct10:00 am12:00 pmRed Deer River Naturalists Bird Focus Group Walk10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Maskepetoon Park Event Organized By: Red Deer River Naturalists

tue29oct(oct 29)1:00 amsun03nov(nov 3)1:00 amCanadian Finals Rodeo1:00 am - (november 3) 1:00 am Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

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